The Latest Rain Gear

February 16, 2007

Sure, everyone prefers to play golf on warm, sun-drenched days. Occasionally, though, Mr. Weatherman works against us. Not to worry. There’s plenty of foul weather gear to make your day feel like a walk in the park. Try these on for size.

Nike Storm-Fit Convertible Full-Zip Jacket
Zip-off sleeves enable you to switch from long to short sleeves in an instant. An arched collar keeps rain off your neck and back, the hidden rear pleat increases mobility during the swing, side elastic tabs create a customized fit and a two-way zipper prevents blousing when you bend over to putt. Available in Red, Cappuccino or Black. Sizes: S-XXL. $220;
Zero Restriction Cotton/Lycra rain glove
Zero Restriction Cotton rain gloves have been around for years. An updated version melds cotton in the palm and fingers with Lycra backing. The elastic provides a snug fit; it also helps the glove to keep its shape longer than the all-cotton variety. This rain glove grips better as it gets wetter. Our recommendation: Soak it in water before your round. $17;
Sun Mountain RainFlex pants
Specially shaped fabric panels lead to greater movement (aka improved performance) and waterproof zippers keep out moisture. There’s also a full taffeta lining, three zippered pockets and two lower-leg zippers (with full-size gussets) for easy on and off. Available in Red, Black or Mango. Sizes: M-XXL. $160;
Forrester’s Gore-Tex hat
The lightweight, waterproof hat is made from a fabric called “Gore-Tex Paclite.” An extended back brim provides extra protection from soaking rains. The elastic headband helps the hat stay secure while swinging. Sizes: Small or large. $60;
Ahead ACARE Weather rain suit
The well-conceived jacket has elastic cuffs and Velcro to keep arms dry while stretchable “shoulder inserts” accommodate, rather than restrict, your swing. Matching pants feature a half-elastic waist for a comfortable but close fit. Comes in cadet blue or navy. Sizes: S-XXL. $200 for suit, $110 (jacket only), $90 (pants only);
BallBrella umbrella
The BallBrella, at first blush, is an ordinary 60-inch golf umbrella. But hidden inside the fiberglass shaft is a ball retriever that extends to 96-inches. Which makes the BallBrella worth toting on sunny days, too. Includes an ergonomic rubber handle. $39.95;